Gyeansan Mountain Incheon
Gyeansan Mountain is a Great Hike
Gyeansan san is a great mountain in Incheon not too far from the Incheon Airport, and about an hour from downtown Seoul. There are multiple trails into the mountain. The best trailhead starts a few blocks from the Gyeansan way stop on Incheon Line 1 subway system. You can also find trails starting at Gyean station on the Airport Express line (and soon on line 9 once that extension is finished).
Hiking to the top takes no more than two hours depending upon where you start. There is a nice pavilion on the top. Multiple trail options so doing a loop trail, which I prefer, is quite doable.
At the bottom of the trail, there are multiple restaurants though mostly Korean food. There are CVS stores so it is easy to get snacks before hiking. There is a fair amount of info in English online. But no real good trail maps but then you don’t really need one as it is easy to follow – just go up!
|Elevation||395 m (1,296 ft) |
|Coordinates||37°33′11″N 126°42′54″ECoordinates: 37°33′11″N 126°42′54″E|
temple mother goose guarding Buddha
For more information see the following travel blogs and wiki.
Hiking Gyeyang Mountain in Incheon (계양산)
Gyeyang Mountain (also called MT. Gyeyang, Mount Gyeyang, Gyeyang San or 계양산) is located in northern Incheon in the Gyesan-dong area of Gyeyang-gu. It stands 395m above sea level and is officially Incheon’s highest mountain. It is a very popular hiking trial and not just with people people from the Incheon & Seoul areas but people from all over South Korea enjoy climbing it.
The Mountain is a pretty easy climb and depending on which trail you take only takes about an hour to reach the summit (2 hours round trip), while other trails can take close to 2 hours (4 hours round trip). There are nice views over Incheon and as well as the more countryside area of northern Incheon.
After climbing the Gyesan-dong and neighboring Imhak-dong have plenty of restaurants to enjoy (although most are Korean style) as well as hiking and regular stores.
Location and Links
The best and easiest way to get to Gyeyang Mountain (계양산) is via subway. If you go to Gyesan Station (Incheon Line One) and then take either exit a or b and walk up the hill and to the foot of the mountain.
Also here are a couple of useful links about Gyeyang Mountain (계양산):
* Office of Gyeyang-Gu Page – Includes information on hiking trails as well as travel advice in English
* Taylor’s Travels Blog – A nice story about climbing Gyeyang Mountain.
Hiking in South Korea is possible during the winter months but difficult, the best times to hiking Gyeyang Mountain (계양산) or any other in Korea is from March to November.
May 2019 Updates
I have found several new trails to conquer Gyeansan.
from Gyean station on the Airport railroad, go to the right and then to the left and follow the stream path until you come to the Gyeansan mountain trailhead (with map)
from there you can take multiple trails to the top of the mountain, or around the mountain. The trail to the top ends up with a lot of stairs.
the trail around the mountain eventually leads to the Gyeansan Rose garden which is very pretty this time of year. there is also a nice Buddhist temple there.
Dining Options for Western Expat Bars in Incheon
For dinner, you can either take a bus or a taxi to Bupyeong market station. There is a great burger joint there. There is also an expat bar called Woodstock that has friendly English speaking waitresses. Great place to end a hike.
Grab a Burger
|212-13, Bupyeong-dong, Bupyeong-gu, Incheon|
|Cuisine||Brunch, Burger, Sandwich|
|Price Range||10,000 ~ 20,000 Won|
|Parking||No Parking Space|
|Business Hours||Mon-Sat: 12:00 – 24:00
Sun: 12:00 – 22:00
|Website||Go to the restaurant’s homepage|